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January 11, 2019

“I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back! Though none go with me, still I will follow. No turning back!”


Today was a day of celebration. 16 people were coming forward to get baptized. There was clapping. There was dancing. There was rejoicing as the men and wom...

January 2, 2019

December is usually a busy month in the States, with lots of holiday celebrating. Togo is no exception, and this month has been filled with celebrating the birth of Christ. The last two years the woman who was living in the house that I live in now hosted a Christmas D...

December 27, 2018

Merry Christmas from Togo!


"For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
-Isaiah 9:6

Joyeux Noel,
Liz Ortiz

December 1, 2018

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love coffee. Especially coffee with fancy flavored creamer. Since I arrived in Togo, flavored coffee creamer was something that I was missing from the states. I experimented with some coffee creamer recipes. They were good; however, I...

November 20, 2018

A year ago, Paul Davis was appointed president of ABWE. Since then, he has been traveling the world visiting the different countries that ABWE is represented in. Now it was Togo’s turn.

“ABWE’s vision has not changed,” Paul stated during a Sunday night worship service a...

November 14, 2018

Early Sunday morning, we drove to a small church on top of the mountain. The ABWE leadership is visiting Togo. The vice president, Dave Woodard, is preaching this morning. He spoke on having a relationship with Jesus. To help illustrate his sermon, he pointed to a youn...

November 2, 2018

Lizards and frogs are everywhere!

It was one of my first nights in Togo, and I was in the middle of taking a shower when the power went out. Someone had told me to count to 7 in my head, and that’s usually when the power would come back on. Thankfully, it did, and I fin...

October 6, 2018

As I exited my car Sunday morning, I had the bittersweet awareness that this was the last time I would be walking into my church for a long time. The following Sunday, I would be on a plane for West Africa. After over a year of planning, Togo was finally happening, and...

September 18, 2018

It was the summer of 2016, and I had been serving with a missions team in Togo. As our time in Africa was coming to an end and we made our way to the airport, I reflected on my time in Africa. Could God be calling me to do something like this full time? Would I ever se...

April 8, 2018

It has been a busy and incredible past month. The highight being the missions conference. After months of planning for the conference, it was finally here. We had events starting Friday evening, all the way to ending Sunday evening. It was a great weekend, and we had g...

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